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Day three of the Conservative party conference in Manchester.

'Couple of dozen' Tory MPs Ukip could reach deal with

Nigel Farage has suggested there are "a couple of dozen" Conservative MPs with whom Ukip could come to an agreement at a local level regarding an elections.

Mr Farage told BBC Radio 4's The World At One his party had already held informal discussions with a "handful" of them.

The Ukip leader continued: "There are a couple of dozen Tory MPs who hold a range of views on several issues, not just Europe, that are very close to our own."

Eurosceptic Tory argues with Farage on elections deal

A prominent Eurosceptic Conservative MP Bill Cash and Ukip leader Nigel Farage has come to verbal blows on the sidelines of the Conservative Party conference.

At a fringe meeting hosted by the Bruges Group, the question of whether the Tories and Ukip should consider striking local deals in the upcoming General Election was debated.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage.
Ukip leader Nigel Farage and Conservative MP Bill Cash came to verbal blows at the fringe event. Credit: Lucas Schifres/Pictobank/ABACAPRESS. COM

Mr Cash told the Ukip leader to "lay off our marginal seats" and suggested a joint ticket would not work.

Mr Farage hit back by calling the Tory MP "a hopelessly out of date tribal politician."

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Theresa May 'plans to deport first and hear appeal later'

Home Secretary Theresa May said the Government plans to "deport first and hear the appeal later" in a major change to immigration law.

Ms May told the Daily Mail that the Home Office will also cut the number of grounds on which migrants can lodge an appeal from 17 to four following the 12-year deportation battle over Abu Qatada.

Home Secretary Theresa May is due to address the Conservative Party conference later today.
Home Secretary Theresa May is due to address the Conservative Party conference later today. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

"I am clear that the law must be on the side of people who respect the law, not those who break it," the Home Secretary said.

Home Office officials expect the crackdown to more than halve the 68,000 appeal cases lodged against the Government every year, the newspaper added.

Osborne rejects Conservatives-Ukip elections deal

George Osborne said the Conservative Party is not considering striking local deals with the UK Independence Party (Ukip) in the upcoming General Election.

A number of high-profile Tories have floated the possibility of an alliance with Ukip in the run-up to the election to avoid splitting the right-wing vote.

George Osborne leaves his hotel at the start of the second day of the Conservative Party conference.
George Osborne leaves his hotel at the start of the second day of the Conservative Party conference. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

When asked if he was ready to consider such a deal, the Chancellor told Sky News: The short answer is no. What the Conservative Party is doing is talking to the country, in marked contrast to the other political parties who are talking about themselves and positioning themselves.

"We've got a big, simple offer for the country. The economy is on the right track and we are going to see our plan through."

'Miliband Ale: Weaker than Brown' at Tory conference

The Conservative Party conference has created a series of bottled beers for its delegates to enjoy - but with a twist.

The Conservative Party conference has created a series of bottled beers for its delegates.
The Conservative Party conference has created a series of bottled beers for its delegates. Credit: ITV/Lorraine

Conference goers in Manchester can sip on "Miliband Ale: Weaker than Brown", "Leftie Blond" and the "Extra Strong Union Ale".

There is also a beer to commemorate the late-Tory leader Margaret Thatcher, called "Our Maggie."

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Cameron 'yet to discuss twerking' with eldest daughter

David Cameron has not discussed the Miley Cyrus-led dance craze of "twerking" with his nine-year-old daughter yet, saying it is hard to protect children "from bad examples and bad role models".

The Prime Minister told The Sun (£): “I haven’t discussed twerking with Nancy yet, because I don’t think she has seen the video. Luckily, she was interested in Hannah Montana, but then stopped.

Miley Cyrus was criticised for her performance at the VMA Awards where she twerked with Robin Thicke.
Miley Cyrus was criticised for her performance at the VMA Awards where she twerked with Robin Thicke. Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

"But I think we are all struggling our way through this. How do we, as parents, let our children watch the television, look at things on the internet, while protecting them from bad examples and bad role models?

"I don’t think there’s a simple answer. It is something Samantha and I talk about all the time."

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Boris: Miliband as PM 'like a turbine on a windless day'

Boris Johnson has suggested Ed Miliband would behave like "a turbine inert on a windless day" if he became Prime Minister.

Writing in The Daily Telegraph, the London Mayor claimed the now Labour leader "wasn't remotely interested" in detailed plans to improve domestic energy efficiency in the capital when he was Energy Secretary.

Labour leader Ed Miliband was described by Boris Johnson as being 'like a turbine inert on a windless day'.
Labour leader Ed Miliband was described by Boris Johnson as being 'like a turbine inert on a windless day'. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire and Adam Davy/PA Wire

Mr Johnson wrote: "I was interested in the plan as a way of helping the planet and helping people in tough times. As for Ed - well, it was, frankly, a bit disheartening. He wasn’t remotely interested.

"What would Ed do if we were mad enough to put him back into office? What he did last time. Sit like a panda masticating bean shoots, or like a turbine inert on a windless day."

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